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I want to have a single AV receiver that will take any of my sources (HDMI and Analog) and send it to two zones:

Main Zone: Projector with 5.1 surround sound (provided by AV receiver)

Zone 2: Old pre-HDMI 480p Plasma TV w/ stereo speakers (I plan to upgrade in the not too distant future, but not right now. Intend to use an HDMI to Component/Stereo converter or use an HDMI to component converter for video using analog zone 2 for audio--then go to dual HDMI in the future when I upgrade the TV.)

I've been looking closely at both the Sony STR-DN1040 and the Onkyo TX-NR626, but neither one of them seem able to do what I need. Specifically, the problems are:

1) Sony documentation is very sketchy and just says that using the two HDMI outputs doesn't always work "depending on what they are connected to."

2) Onkyo will only output 2-channel audio if sending to both HDMI outputs (and it requires that the source provide the 2ch PCM--it will not convert)---which gets rid of my 5.1 surround in my Main Zone.

3) Onkyo will only output video format associated with the least capable monitor---meaning that any HDMI to component VIDEO converter will likely tell the receiver to output 720p (at best)--which won't make my projector happy.

4) For analog signal upconversion to digital, the only signal that the Onkyo will upconvert is 480i.

Unfortunately, running additional analog signals from all of my sources is not an option--as many of my sources will not output both analog and digital at the same time.

I don't require separate sources for each zone (i.e. mirroring is fine) and I don't even really need to do both at the same time (but I would like to have the capablity).

Your assistance in finding a solution would be appreciated. (Note that my upper stratospheric limit for a receiver is $1000, but please still reply if you have a good solution that is more expensive.)

Also, don't the 2014 AV receivers come out soon?

Thanks!
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Another problem is that the Onkyo Zone 2 audio output will only pass audio from analog inputs.

If there was an elegant way to switch between using the HDMI Main output and the HDMI Sub output (e.g. something programmed into my Harmony One remote so that other members of the family could do it easily), I could probably get the Onkyo to work for me---I just wouldn't be able to use both Zones at the same time. However, changing settings like this often requires some sort of script, and I have found the scripting features of my Harmony One to be a little problematic.

Note that I really like the Onkyo documentation better than that of the Sony, as it is much more detailed (and actually tells you what the limitations are if you read the fine print). For finding out the true capabilities and limitations of the component, the Sony documentation is basically worthless.
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The Denon X3000 would meet your needs as well as able to pass HDMI PCM 2.0 to Zone 2. smile.gif

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